Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
Let me preface this review by giving those who hate reading long reviews by saying - Dr. J is, hands-down, the best and she truly cares. I was nussed on 5/8/18 and my experience with her and her staff was nothing short of amazing. For those who would like further detail - please enjoy the review below. I've put significant thought and time into it and would be glad to answer any questions. - AG
I judge professionals and doctors by 3 main criteria: 1) expertise, 2) professionalism, and 3) dedication. Essentially these criteria answer the questions, "How good is this person at what they do?" and, "How willing are they to give their best effort in my case?" Expertise without effort is ineffective and vice-versa. With these criteria in mind, I would say that Dr. J is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of these criteria and I have seen the folks at CHKD and the two best Nuss specialists in NYC for comparison. None of these compare with Dr. J and her staff in answering these two questions.
This criteria is admittedly difficult to judge because I myself am not a doctor; however, there are details that you can pay attention to that express the quality of someone's work. For example, as a lawyer, I would never accept work from an associate that has not bothered to check for typos in a legal brief. Expertise surmounts in small details that add up to become a body of knowledge in a given subject or profession that increases the likelihood of positive results. In short, the proof is in the pudding (i.e., the results).
With that in mind, the first question that Nuss surgeons ask is whether this person is a candidate for the procedure. That is the watershed issue that determines your fate with PE. I have had PE for over 14 years and had worsening symptoms. When I was a high school athlete, I was concerned that I was always tired and out of breath. I was laughed out of the cardiologist's office of one of the highest ranked doctors listed on this forum that works in NYC. He did not believe that my symptoms were legitimate, to my frustration. The folks at CHKD kindly, but sternly, shooed me away from their office based on my Haller Index. Neither the folks at CHKD nor the folks at Columbia/NYC thought to use a simple, but effective diagnostic technique that Dr. J used to demonstrate how my PE was affecting my heart. I don't want to let out details on something that might be considered inside baseball for Dr. J's office, but suffice to say that they considered an additional data point within a diagnostic that provided a more complete review of the stress placed on my heart by PE and why my case merited surgery. I was at first hesitant to travel across the country for my surgery (hence seeing the other folks on the east coast earlier) but I am so glad that I did.
I could stop there, but Dr. J went above and beyond. The staff at her office come from across the country to work with the best. Aside from understanding that the Haller Index is a one-dimensional cross-section of a multidimensional issue, my surgery with Dr. J went smoothly and the results were outstanding. I woke up a new person after surgery and my time at Mayo was great. My frame has filled out, my chest is improved and flat. Dr. J's hand in surgery is precise and adept. The cuts made on my chest were well made and the stitching to seal them up was top notch. Even the quality of my IV stick was outstanding (thank you, Nurse Alexander). The surgery scars healed nicely and the varied medication provided indicated that a lot of thought went into mitigating the effects of the surgery. Moreover the resultant pain was as effectively curbed as could be. Whereas I would get lightheaded and have blotchy vision after walking up a flight of stairs, I now feel like I can run a marathon. I can finally breathe deeply and I feel like I'm 16 again in terms of energy. In all, in terms of results, my results were amazing - 10/10. I could end this review there and that would be sufficent for most, but Dr. J reads these reviews and not including the rest would be a disservice to her and her staff.
I have done hours and hours of research on PE. I know a lot a out the ins and outs of the condition as well as the research side of things such as indications that a lack of magnesium at the pre-natal and adolescent stage could contribute or perhaps cause the development of PE. In short, I've done my homework and had many questions as well. In spite of being very busy, Dr. J and her staff walked me through the ins and outs of the surgery and answered all of the questions that I had in fine detail. Moreover, they were glad to go into the details and fully describe the pre- and post-surgery experience so that I knew what to expect. They also diligently followed up on my post-surgery condition and demonstrated acute attention to detail in reviewing my post-operative condition. As a corporate lawyer, I have worked with the largest financial institutions/banks in the country and the professionalism of Dr. J and her staff rivaled or exceeded that of my clients at work. I could not ask for more in terms of professionalism and discipline, they are at the top of their game - 10/10.
A quick google/youtube search will show why Dr. J's surgical techniques are the best. Simply put, she could live out the rest of her days teaching others to do this procedure and live well off of the dividends. She doesn't have to be in the trenches, performing the Nuss procedure for two entire days a week, week in and week out - but she chooses to. Speaking with her and seeing the time and effort that goes into a single surgery, I respect and admire that she is still in the front lines and performing surgeries herself even though she doesn't have to. She has probably trained her staff so well that she could have them do the procedure without her, yet I can see it in her eyes that she truly cares about changing the life of her patients for the better. There is a gravitas present in her character and demeanor that is indicative of a sincere interest in your condition. I believe that she knows that she is the best and wants to help as many people as possible, but that, of course, is just my opinion. As a person who is in a profession where folks going through the motions is the norm, her approach is refreshing and most welcome. She listened closely to my concerns and provided detailed answers to my questions while also taking the time to comprehensively review the post-operative results without the rushed approach that I've experienced at the offices of other doctors listed in this forum - 10/10.
Why should you believe me?
I am an Ivy League educated lawyer who has worked with and in some of the best corporate practice groups in the world. I know what it takes to earn excellence and I know what it feels like to grind it out, performing or studying in a high-stress environment while providing expedient, detailed and comprehensive
results. I've been held to a high standard and I hold others to a high standard as well when it comes to a professional context. While this portion is subjective to my experience, I would be glad to provide more detail upon request.
In the final analysis, choosing a doctor is a rational decision. If you want the objective best, go to Dr. J.
I wish that I could make Dr. J's and her staff's dreams come true, so that they may know what it feels like to have my dream come true of finally being able to live a normal life and, for once, wake up refreshed and energized in the morning instead of tired and groggy. Dr. J, thank you for helping me and please keep doing what you're doing.
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I was not comfortable with my first recommended surgeon. Through research and investigation found Dr. J. She is absolutely amazing along with her whole team. Her knowledge and pain management is by far the best! I had another issue she took care of that did not relate to pectus and that also impressed me. She cares about you as a whole human being! My heart did act up as my right side of my heart was inflated like a balloon and I also came in with a blood clot on my heart. She is amazing. I like to think that between her and God she saved my life! She had a cancelation in May and I took it. She and her team are so caring and responsive to all your needs. I highly recommend Dr. Jaroszewski. I truly can't even express my gratitude in words. Mayo has fabulous staff and I was well taken care of throughout my stay.
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My wife and I are from Minnesota, and we both did not feel completely comfortable with the surgeon there correcting my wife’s pectus. We started doing some investigating, and we came upon Dr. Jaroszewski. We came down for an appointment in February, and appointment in March, and had the procedure done May 15. My wife and I had a lot of questions, and Doctor Jaroszewski took time to listen to us and answer them. She was honest with us about the procedure. She also told us they have one of the best pain medication regiments for this procedure, which was obviously one of our concerns. The doctor, her nursing staff, and the staff at the hospital during our stay after the procedure were all absolutely amazing. My wife was really limited in her aerobic and cardiovascular abilities before this procedure. My wife’s condition before the procedure was really starting to have an effect on everything she did in life, from playing with our kids, to just taking a shower. We are confident that this surgery will help fix those problems. There is nothing about the doctor or her staff that should be rated anything less than 10. She is a wonderful human being, has a great sense of humor, and was very approachable and easy to talk to. We traveled across the country for this procedure, and I would highly suggest anybody come to Phoenix to see Dr. Jaroszewski.
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Dr. Jaroszewski is a saint!
She changed my life. After having surgery all I want to do after having this surgery is go down the path of medicine and specialize in her field and maybe work for her some day and be there to support others with Pectus. She more than corrected my lifelong struggle with Pectus Excavatum, but she inspired me to be a better person than I ever imagined. She is incredibly kind, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Her staff is just as great! They help you through all the steps!
I did benefit from living locally, so I can see her post-op if needed sooner instead of later. Be prepared to wait a few months to get an appointment for evaluation, and surgery can be 2-3+ months out. Like I said, I live locally and was able to get in sooner on a waitlist. It can be 3 months or more before surgery. It is well worth the wait!!!! Quality over quickness is important, do not rush yourself to be with a less experienced surgeon.
If Dr. Jaroszewski sees this or reads this, thank you so very much for saving my life. I also suffer from a huge psychological struggle and have battled depression for years. My body image issues are so much better, but I feel a lifetime of being self-conscious prior to surgery will not resolve my body dysmorphic disorder and how I see myself anytime soon.
If you have Pectus do not wait, get a CT Scan, Pulmonary Function Testing, Echocardiogram, and EKG's because that's what you will need before surgery. I know traveling for surgery is a burden, but Mayo Clinic is best and Dr. J should be the face of Mayo if she is not already.
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What can I say about Dr. J that hasn't already been said? She's incredibly good at dealing with Pectus Excavatum. She's compassionate, knowledgeable, articulate, confident, and yet down to earth and easy to speak with at the same time. She performed a very difficult Nuss revision on me after another doctor had done a poor job. The results were amazing. I feel so much better at this stage than I did after the first surgery, it's truly night and day. Granted it's still early (My revision with Dr. J was just three weeks ago), but I have no reason to be anything but optimistic so far. Most importantly, the compression I had on my heart and lungs still after the first surgery seems to be 100% resolved with Dr. J's revision. She is simply an amazing doctor and human being. Her staff is excellent also (especially Mike!). I cannot thank her enough, and I look forward to dealing with her again in three years for my bar removal. Thank you Dr. J!